William E. Smith
|William E. Smith|
|14th Governor of Wisconsin|
January 7, 1878 – January 2, 1882
|Lieutenant||James M. Bingham|
|Preceded by||Harrison Ludington|
|Succeeded by||Jeremiah McLain Rusk|
|5th Treasurer of Wisconsin|
January 1, 1866 – January 3, 1870
|Preceded by||Samuel D. Hastings|
|Succeeded by||Henry Baetz|
|Wisconsin State Senator|
June 18, 1824|
|Died||February 13, 1883
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Home Cemetery
|Spouse(s)||Mary Booth Smith|
Sarah (Grant) Smith
Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland in 1824, the son of Alexander and Sarah (Grant) Smith. He immigrated to the United States with his family as a child, and lived with his family in New York City and Michigan. He attended the common schools before working as a store clerk when he was 17. In 1846 he went to work for Lord & Taylor, and the following year he went to work for a wholesale company. In 1849 he moved to Fox Lake, Wisconsin to become a partner in a mercantile firm.
He held several political position in Wisconsin and served two terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly beginning in 1851, including serving as speaker during the second term. Originally a Whig, he helped organize the new Republican Party in 1854. He served two terms in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1858 to 1865. Smith was Wisconsin state treasurer from 1866 to 1870. He was again elected to the State Assembly in 1871. He was a member of the board of regents of normal schools from 1858-1876, and director of the state prison from 1874-1878.
Smith and his wife Mary Booth were married in Michigan in 1849. They had four children.
- "Smith, William E. 1824 - 1883". Retrieved 2012-10-28.
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- "William E. Smith". Genealogy Trails. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- Johnson, Rossiter and Brown, John Howard (1904). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Biographical Society. p. 1.
- Dexter-Roundy family papers, 1772-1951
- "Historical People". Forest Home Cemetery. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- "On This Day: September 6". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
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Samuel D. Hastings
|Treasurer of Wisconsin
|Governor of Wisconsin
1878 – 1882
Jeremiah McLain Rusk